Uzbekistan has banned a whole host of video games, including some that don’t actually exist.

Left 4 Dead 3, Doom 4, Kane and Leanch 2: Dog days, and Until Down join actual, existing games like Naughty Bear, Dead Space and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in a series of bans by the Uzbek government. The reasons given range from “threatening stability” to preventing the “distribution of false information about Uzbekistan and the distortion of its historic, cultural and spiritual values.” So the term we’re looking for here is “censorship”.

Ignoring the fact that I can’t think of a single game that even mentions Uzbekistan, the games on the list are downright bizarre. The Sims 3 and 4 are there, but 1 and 2 are not, San Andreas is included instead of later titles like 4 and 5, and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is banned, but none of the many later entries are.

Of course, this has sparked ire from Uzbek players, who claim the ban is tantamount to cultural indoctrination by censoring any dissenting views found in games (like zombies and teddy bears, apparently?). However, the ban has had some supporters, mainly by daft people who somehow still think games cause violence.

Uzbek is Uzbekistan’s official language, not English, but you’d think somebody in the Uzbek government would’ve checked Left 4 Dead 3 was a real game before banning it, right? Right?

Joe is LPVG’s resident hardware nerd. If it’s overpriced and has gaudy RGB lighting, he’s probably drooling over it. He loves platformers, MMOs, RPGs, hack ‘n slashers and FPS, with his favourite games being Mirror’s Edge, Left 4 Dead, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Oblivion and Dead Space. Don’t ask him about his unhealthily large Monsters Inc memorabilia collection. Seriously, just don’t ask…

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